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What You Should Know About Auto Painting

Auto painting can give your vehicle an entirely new and fresh look. You may decide to refresh the same color, change the color, or have a design painted on your vehicle.

There is cost and effort in having a car painted and it is important to consider the complete process before committing to the work. Painting a car should be done by a skilled professional so keep a few points in mind when thinking about having your vehicle painted.

Types of Paint

There are different types of paint that can be used on a car and you should weigh the pros and cons when making a choice. Metallic paint looks great on sports cars and hides scratches, but it is challenging to repair scratches or other damage later. Acrylic paint provides a nice, glossy finish but it doesn’t last long and will lose its luster in time. Urethane paint is the most durable and must be applied by an auto paint technician who is trained and has the proper safety gear, such as a respirator, suit, and goggles.

Work Involved

There is a period of work involved with auto painting to keep in mind. If the entire vehicle is being painted, there is prep work to remove any parts on the car that are not being painted. Once that process is complete, the body needs to be sanded to create a fresh surface for the new paint to be applied. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, the process could take a minimum of a few days to a week or more. If this is a vehicle you drive every day, you will need to consider getting a rental or finding other means of transportation.

Value of Paint Work

Painting your vehicle comes with a price because it is labor intensive. You should consider if this is an expense you want to make. If the painting will cost 25 percent or more of the value of your vehicle, you may want to reconsider the expense.

When you consider auto painting for your car, contact the expert auto body and paint technicians at ProCare Automotive and Collision in San Antonio. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure a paint job that you want.

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